Chennai: With the Justice Mudgal Committee in its report indicting former Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan, the latter is likely to face more trouble from the Tamil Nadu police. The Tamil Nadu Crime Branch CID has already investigated the role of over a dozen bookies in the cricket match fixing scandal soon after the IPL controversy broke out last year. For the CB-CID Gurunath is also a key suspect. “The Mudgal Committee report has come as a shot in the arm for us at the most opportune time. We are just finalising the chargesheet against the bookies.
Now we intend to annex a copy of the Mudgal report with it to strengthen our case,” a CB-CID officer said requesting anonymity. Another officer indicated that since Justice Mudgal had strongly established Gurunath’s role in the murky episode, the CB-CID here too would examine his nexus with the local bookies including hotelier Vikram Agrawal.
“We can always file a supplementary chargesheet arraigning Gurunath,” he said.Incidentally a few senior Tamil Nadu police officers had also deposed before Justice Mudgal. In his report Justice Mudgal had categorically said: “Gurunath Meiyappan was in regular touch with bookies and punters. There are several calls between Meiyyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh as is evident from the telephonic transcripts produced by the Mumbai Police.” At the same time, the report notes that a senior TN police officer Bhavaneeswari had failed to submit a file relating to a fake passport case, which reportedly revealed the information in relation to match fixing in IPL 6 though she promised to give it.